POLLOCK’S NEWS UPDATE – Jason Sensation issues apology over suicide threat

Jason Sensation issues an apology over Monday's suicide threat, Raw's viewership, MLW announces event for WrestleMania Week, tag title match added to ROH pay-per-view, matches for SD & 205 Live in Toronto, Kid Yamamoto battling cancer, viewership from Saturday's UFC card & more.

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**Today’s edition of Rewind-A-Raw is up on the site with Wai Ting and I reviewing Monday’s show from Toronto with the Braun Strowman angle at the end, the appearance by Trish Stratus, matched added to Hell in a Cell, Kevin Owens “quitting”, and lots more. Plus, we go through a busy day of news with a recap and conclusion on the Jason Sensation story, SummerSlam 2019 weekend announced for Toronto, Neville’s future, the passing of Ed Cohen and I have a quick review of Sunday’s Smash Wrestling card in Toronto. You can download the show directly or subscribe to POST Wrestling on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher and wherever you listen to podcasts.

**We are back tonight with Rewind-A-SmackDown and will also have “The Double Shot” for members of the POST Wrestling Café with reviews of the final Being the Elite heading into “All In” and last week’s Lucha Underground episode with the Haunted House match.

**This Saturday, Wai Ting and I are presenting a live edition of ASK-A-WAI at Starrcast with a show at 10 am in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Schaumberg (the host hotel for Starrcast). We will be at the Podcast Movement Pop Up Studio in the lobby, so even if you don’t have tickets to Starrcast you can still come and sit in for the show with us and ask questions. We will also be at a booth inside Starrcast for most of Saturday with free stickers, POSTcards, and limited t-shirts available. We hope to meet many of you this weekend and for those not able to attend, the live show will be added to the POST Wrestling Café later that week.

**What Culture has put together a list of the top podcasts and I want to thank them very much for the kind words on POST Wrestling and thank all the listeners that have helped grow the show in the short time we have been running.


SCHEDULE THIS WEEK AT POST WRESTLING
*Tonight: Rewind-A-SmackDown with John Pollock & Wai Ting
*Wednesday: The Double Shot (Patreon)
*Thursday: upNXT with Braden Herrington & Davie Portman
*Friday: Rewind-A-Wai – NJPW in Long Beach from July 2nd, 2017 feat. Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Patreon, selected by Espresso Executive Producer Michael Darcy)
*Saturday: EGGSHELLS Companion Podcast with Chris Charlton, who will be joined by Dan “The Mouth” Lovranski to chat 1999 at the Tokyo Dome
*Saturday: ALL IN POST Show with John Pollock, Wai Ting, Braden Herrington & Davie Portman

WRESTLING NEWS

**There was a tense situation on Monday just before Raw went on the air from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Jason Sensation, who made several cameos on WWF programming in 1998 and 1999, sent out a tweet that stated he got through security at the arena and was planning to kill himself during Monday’s Raw. The police were contacted by numerous people regarding the tweet, and we followed up with updates throughout the night. In the end, the Toronto Police Services confirmed to POST Wrestling they located Jason, he was never at the arena and that everything was in order. We were told they were investigating the situation and there is no word if any charges would be filed. The story received a lot of coverage both on the local and national level on Monday night and Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon, Jason sent out the following statement:

I’ve been detained by Police & forced to stay in the Hospital after sending out that awful, thoughtless tweet last night. I honestly wasn’t thinking strait. I am sincerely sorry & apologize to everyone & anyone this affected, especially my loved ones, @WWE & @TorontoPolice.

**The WWE returns for their second consecutive night at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto for the SmackDown and 205 Live tapings. They have announced the following matches:
*Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella for the SmackDown women’s title
*Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows vs. Primo & Epico
*Akira Tozawa vs. Brian Kendrick on 205 Live
*Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto on 205 Live

**Tonight is also the season-finale of Miz & Mrs on the USA Network, which immediately follows SmackDown. After the first five episodes, the series is averaging 1,279,000 viewers and has been renewed for 14 episodes in the second season.


**Monday’s viewership for Raw was down slightly from last week’s show that followed SummerSlam. Monday’s episode from Toronto averaged approximately 2,840,000 viewers, down from 3,092,000 last week. Raw began with 3,076,000 viewers in the first hour, it had a minor drop to 2,927,000 in the second hour and then fell 10% in the final hour to 2,630,000 viewers on the USA Network.

**MLW has announced that they will be holding an event during WrestleMania Week in New York on Thursday, April 4th. The company has announced that the event will feature several elements and will include a television taping for the MLW Fusion program on beIN Sports. In the release, the event was not promoted as “WaleMania”, which was the name of MLW’s annual WrestleMania Week event dating back to 2015. Wale recently appeared on WWE programming when he sat in on commentary for a match on 205 Live last week.

**Next week’s episode of Raw from Columbus, Ohio is the final show before Monday Night Football returns on September 10th. They have announced that Shawn Michaels will appear on the show to talk about the Triple H vs. The Undertaker match in October at the Super Show-Down card. They have also announced that The B Team will defend the Raw tag titles against The Revival and The Bella Twins will face The Riott Squad.

**On the final episode of “Being the Elite” heading into All In this Saturday, they did a bit with Rey Mysterio cutting a promo for his six-man tag this weekend. After the promo, the camera kept rolling and caught Mysterio speaking with actor Theo Rossi (from Sons of Anarchy and Luke Cage) with the two heeling on The Young Bucks and Rossi mocking them being internet wrestlers, but they put over Cody. Mysterio invited Rossi to come to the show this weekend so it appears he will have a role as well.

**On tonight’s episode of Aftermath TV on Sportsnet 360, the panel will be joined by Tye Dillinger in-studio at 7:30 pm Eastern as a lead-in for SmackDown in Canada.

**The WWE has added more matches to the Super Show-Down card on Saturday, October 6th in Melbourne, Australia and below is the updated lineup:
*Triple H vs. The Undertaker
*The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre
*Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins vs. The Riott Squad
*Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz for a future WWE title shot
*John Cena & Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens & Elias

**Pat Laprade translated Kevin Owen’s French promo from Monday’s Raw and he said:

Oh, so now you’re not happy? Just a moment ago you were happy and now you guys are mad? Well, I don’t care because you all paid for my new t-shirt anyway!

**Ring of Honor has announced that The Briscoe Brothers will defend the ROH tag titles against Christopher Daniels & Frankie Kazarian at the Death Before Dishonor pay-per-view on Friday, September 28th in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena.


**MLW has added a match between “Filthy” Tom Lawlor and Joey Janela for next Thursday’s War Games event on September 6th in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

**The WWE stock closed at $83.75 on Tuesday.

**Martha Hart was recently presented with a plaque from the George Tragos & Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame for their induction of Owen Hart this past July in Waterloo, Iowa.

**Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto has announced that he is battling cancer. The 41-year old announced the news on Instagram but was vague on details regarding what type of cancer he is fighting. Yamamoto’s father wrestled in the 1972 Summer Olympics and his two sisters excelled in freestyle wrestling. Yamamoto began his mixed martial arts career in 2001 fighting for Shooto and would later become one of the biggest stars in the country fighting for K-1 Hero’s. Yamamoto fought at 154 pounds, which was well above where he should have been fighting at. He became the flagship fighter for the MMA division of K-1, winning 11 consecutive fights under the K-1 banner before losing to Joe Warren for the DREAM promotion in May 2009 by split decision. On the K-1 New Year’s Eve Dynamite card in 2004, Yamamoto fought kickboxer Musashi under K-1 rules, which Masato won by majority decision but drew an enormous audience on free television that night in Japan. Yamamoto missed almost 18 months of action due to a knee injury in 2008 and was never quite the same when he returned, which was for the Joe Warren fight. After DREAM fizzled, he came to the UFC after years about being talked about as a dream fight for Urijah Faber when he was the WEC featherweight champion. Yamamoto fought at bantamweight in the UFC and went 0-3 with 1 no contest with losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama, and Vaughan Lee. Yamamoto took three years off and returned at UFC 184 in February 2015. He fought Roman Salazar to a no contest after Salazar was poked in the eye. Yamamoto last fought on New Year’s Eve 2015 in an exhibition bout with Musashi in a rematch of their famous 2004 New Year’s Eve fight.

**This past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card from Lincoln, Nebraska that was headlined by Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick averaged 596,000 viewers on FS 1 and 273,000 viewers for the preliminary card on FS 2. The last Saturday Fight Night card the UFC had was on July 14th, which was headlined by Junior Dos Santos vs. Blagoy Ivanov. The July 14th card did have the benefit of the main event that went the distance, but that card greatly outdrew this weekend’s show with 754,000 viewers for the main card.

**The UFC is off this weekend and return on Saturday, September 8th with the UFC 228 pay-per-view from Dallas, Texas. The card will feature two title fights with Tyron Woodley defending the welterweight title against Darren Till and UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano defends her title for the first time against Valentina Shevchenko.



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REWIND-A-RAW 8/27/18: Braun Strowman cashed in for HIAC, Trish Stratus appears, Kevin Owens “quits”

John Pollock & Wai Ting review Raw from Toronto and discuss the Jason Sensation story, SummerSlam 2019 in Toronto, Ed Cohen passes away, Neville is free from his WWE contract, Smash Wrestling review & more.
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/6td737/REWIND-A-RAW-AUG-27-2018.mp3
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THE POST INTERVIEW: Guy Evans, Author of “NITRO: The Incredible Rise and Inevitable Collapse of Ted Turner’s WCW”
John Pollock chats with the author for 45 minutes on the history of WCW, the major executives he interviews for the book, Eric Bischoff’s role in the rise & fall, the creative collapse in 1999 and 2000, the accounting department for WCW, a look at the internal corporate structure and much more.
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/9iiz2d/THE-POST-INTERVIEW-Guy-Evans-Aug-2018.mp3
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EGGSHELLS COMPANION PODCAST: 1998 w/ Kim Justice
Chris Charlton is joined by YouTube gaming reviewer Kim Justice to chat about 1998, a year that featured the retirements of Antonio Inoki and Riki Choshu with a discussion on their retirement philosophies, plus All Japan runs the Tokyo Dome, brief talks between AJPW & WWF during the time period & more.
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/download/fcqwff/EGGSHELLS_Podcast_Companion__1998_w__Kim_Justice.mp3
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POST MOVIE REVIEW – “Ironman” (Patreon)
John Pollock & Wai Ting return with their Marvel Cinematic Universe reviews and are going back to the original Marvel film from 2008 with a review of “Ironman” starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and directed by Jon Favreau. We will be doing a movie review once per month for members of the POST Wrestling Café.
https://www.patreon.com/posts/20949856
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upNXT 8/23/18: HangOver Brooklyn
Davie Portman returns from Brooklyn to share his live thoughts from TakeOver, SummerSlam & Raw with Braden Herrington and then review this week’s episode with Pete Dunne vs. Zack Gibson and Bianca Belair vs. Deonna Purrazzo.
https://upnxt.podbean.com/mf/download/hvc8sm/upNXT-August23.mp3
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BWE 8/22/18: Revolution Pro Summer Sizzler, Interview with John Lister on Doc Dean’s passing
Martin Bushby & Benno chat the latest news, including the Rev Pro Summer Sizzler card with Walter vs. Ishii, Martin speaks with historian & writer John Lister on the passing of Doc Dean, and the latest on the World of Sport show & the NXT UK tapings this weekend.
https://britishwrestlingexperience.podbean.com/mf/download/uy4ue8/BRITISH-WRESTLING-EXPERIENCE-Aug-22-2018.mp3
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Born on a Friday, John Pollock is a reporter, editor & podcaster at POST Wrestling. He runs and owns POST Wrestling alongside Wai Ting.